Recently, I was asked if I thought Religion and Science could go hand in hand....here is my response.
I think they should go hand in hand, but as with everything else God has gifted to us, sinful, prideful human beings continually and continuously mess it up.
First off, I usually distinguish the ambiguous "religion" from true Christian faith, as they are not always synonymous.
Secondly, as the great philosopher Dirty Harry Callahan once said, "A man's got to know his limitations."
I have accepted that I cannot do everything, cannot know everything, and cannot explain everything. The universe, which is God's eternal science lab, is far too vast, far too complex, far too infinitesimal in its minute details for humanity (under the guise of science, philosophy, or whatever) to master.
Third, if you take God out of science, you will wander the cosmic desert for 40 million years.
Unfortunately a majority of what passes for science today seeks to do exactly that, so that science becomes the new idolatry for those who, like Thomas for one week, will not believe. Throughout its relatively brief lifespan, science has shown itself to be embarrassingly fallible and tragically malleable.
I still believe that pure science is our attempt to explain how God gets things done. In His infallible Word, He tells us who He is and what He does, but never does He explain how (in a scientific sense). His Word is not a science book, as humans define science. God created science; He is not subject to it (same with math, which is why Trinity is true but 3=1 isn't).
So if those who try to use science to attack or negate God and His Word would recognize their own limitations, we would have a much more productive and inspiring conversation.
The greatest tragedy in science and religion is the self-centered and self-serving manipulation perpetrated by a few hardened zealots in either field, seeking to drag both away from their noble intent and purpose under God to build their own towers of babble.
I could say a lot more, like any preacher, but this probably sheds a little light on where the Holy Spirit has led me to my extremely low level of understanding and wisdom.
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